The fact that republicans are even attempting to do this is ridiculous and unconstitutional. The presidents power to appoint a Supreme Court justice is clearly stated in article 2 of the constitution. Furthermore, Supreme Court justices HAVE been appointed during election years in the past with no issues. The GOPs argument that this next appointment should be based on the "will of the people" is completely invalid. The American people elected Barack Obama and thus his choice is to an important degree, representative of the will of the people.